Wine Enthusiast 96 points - Aroma is dry, clean, and grainy, with background notes of parchment and litchi; later passes offer semisweet, mildly smoky/ashy scents of charcoal and smoldering embers. Palate entry is firm, moderately oily, bittersweet; at midpalate concentrated and spicy grain flavors mingle adroitly with the smoky, sap- and resin-sweet birch-charcoal filtering influence. Concludes sweetly and almost candy-like.
— P.P. (8/1/2005) — 96-100 (Jun 2006)
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 89 points - Ultimate Beverage Challenge (Mar 2011)
Stoli Elit is a noticeably smoother version of the original clear vodka produced by Stolichnaya. This bottling is for the vodka connoisseur who enjoys sipping it well-chilled or mixes it in "transparent" cocktails like the Vodka Martini. Stoli Elit gets its smooth profile from some extra filtering that the other Stoli vodkas do not and that makes a world of difference in a side-by-side tasting of the two.
Stoli Elit has a clean, rich and grainy aroma that leads to a warm and silky entry. This melds into a palate of citrus, warm caramel and grainy notes. The finish is delicate, quick and warm. Overall a fine Russian vodka and one of the smoothest available in most any market.